Friday, April 11, 2008

My Jesus - None Like You

For some reason, I missed the closing song on American Idol Wednesday night. Today, I must say that I am glad that I did. Why? Because I would have been very unhappy, but not surprised, that the lyrics of "Shout to the Lord" were altered to purposely eliminate the name of Jesus from the performance. Just more of the typical, MSM bias against Christianity.

It's O.K. for Maria Schriver to mention Gandhi during her speech on stage. But mentioning the Name above all names, Jesus Christ, is off limits? SHEESH!!!! How intolerant can it get?

Fast forward to last night. I was out for most of the afternoon for well into the evening. Returned home at 10:15. During the ride home, one friend sent me a text message saying, "shocker on Idol." Since I didn't want to wait until I got home to review the taping of the show, I replied back, "who got voted off?" She wrote back, "Michael." Yes. That was indeed a shocker! He has been one of my favorites!! I was so sad. However, like Paula Abdul pointed out, he can now get his singing career started!

My husband (and our two dogs) greeted me as I walked into our home. He asked whether or not I knew who got voted off. I told him "Michael" and how upset I was to hear that. Then, he said, "come and look at a portion of the taping, it's unbelievable!"

"What's unbelievable?"

"The song they sang at the opening of the show."

My heart sank. I thought that something awful must have been presented...worried that they had finally stooped so low that they chose a Marilyn Manson song or something!

I sat down to watch. Ryan Seacrest announced that the song would be "Shout to the Lord."

I was AMAZED! COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY FLABBERGASTED! My eyes teared up the moment they started to sing that song with the lyrics, "My Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like you..."



My son came out of his room and watched it again with us. We all could not believe that American Idol would not only choose such a song for it's contestants, but would actually allow them to sing a song with Jesus' name in it! I was so thrilled!
My husband mentioned that he had gone online and downloaded the song on a CD for me. He said that the iTunes version is even better! Then, he also said that the Internet is abuzz with anger because the Idol contestants originally performed the song by substituting "My Jesus" with "My Shepherd."

Now I was confused. I asked him when and where they had performed the song in that way? He didn't know. He did not see the end of the Idol Gives Back special either.

This morning, I decided to find out more about this incident. At WorldNetDaily, there is an article about the altered version.

I clicked on the Youtube link to view the altered version from the Wednesday night show.

I watched the video all the way to the end. After they sang that altered version of the song, Ben Stiller appeared on an empty stage, cursing out Ryan Seacrest for not telling him that the show was being broadcast from the Kodak theater that night. They had to bleep out his all of his curse words.

I thought...what a TERRIBLE way to end the show! Especially that particular one! Also, how shameful it was for Stiller to use that awful language directly after the singing of a worship song so familiar and beloved by Christians worldwide! Didn't it seem quite odd for the theme of the show to go from a wonderful, God-honoring atmosphere directly into the filthy language of a pagan, secular culture?

There are comments all over the place about this! Both at the Idol website and at Youtube. Here is just one:




binstence (23 minutes ago) "Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the mention [sound] of your name!" Why did American Idol censor the lyrics to this worship song? What is His name? The name they censored is Jesus. Unless of course the idolaters are worshipping some other king? Ummmmm, what's his name? SATAN. Luke 9:26: "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels." AI=False prophet ism.


How true! Eliminate the name of Jesus and you have a different 'god.'

Fortunately, Jesus' name was included in last night's broadcast.

The lyrics of that song are so powerful BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE ABOUT...JESUS! Without Him, the song falls flat. I am very grateful that the show corrected itself the next day.

Did you notice how much more excited several of the contestants were during the performance of the song (with Jesus in the lyrics) last night?

God bless Kristy Lee Cook! She pointed up towards heaven at the end of the performance - showing how she recognizes the GENUINE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST as our focus of worship in that song!




Shout To The Lord

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and Majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands,
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days I want to praise the wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am, never cease to worship You.

Chorus
Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and Majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands,
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.


Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and Majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands,
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have...
Nothing compares to the promise I have...
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

6 comments:

Sonya Boore said...

I watched last night's episode as well. It will be the last time I watch America Idol. I don't quite understand what they were thinking having a Christian song on. It offended me and the 80% of Americans who aren't conservative Christians. This show is obviously in its last season and going downhill precipitously.

Anonymous said...

A Christian song on American Idol? That explains why their ratings were down 34% this week. Ouch!

4simpsons said...

Thanks for sharing that. Glad - and surprised - that they re-did it with "Jesus" in it. Good for them.

Arlen said...

Thank you for posting this Christine. I was amazed that they sang the name "Jesus" on a live broadcast, pleasantly surprised, yet amazed. Incidentally, their ratings have slipped a little: instead of 30+ million fans, they now get 25+ million fans; still good enough for number 1 (in their 8th year).

Duane said...

Hi Christine,

Josh Harris had some thoughts on this that I found refreshing.

http://www.joshharris.com/2008/04/inside_scoop_on_shout_to_the_l.php

Christinewjc said...

I Duane. I already visited his blog and posted some comments. Apparently, he didn't like what I had to say and didn't see fit to post them!

Oh well...such is life.